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Yoenis Cespedes has a new scouting video

Dec 17, 2011, 9:59 AM EST

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MLB scouts and front-office types have been buzzing about Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes for a while, but he didn’t become a hot topic among most fans until his ridiculous scouting video made him an internet sensation early last month. Well, he’s back with another one.

Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus got the first look at the footage and once again breaks it down in meticulous and entertaining fashion. This one mostly keeps the focus on baseball, but we do get Cespedes and former NFL running back Ahman Green swimming in a river at the end. No big deal. Oh, and the Star Wars opening credits are back.

We also see some of the teams who have visited Cespedes in the Dominican Republic over the past few weeks. You’ll notice Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and manager Ozzie Guillen, Red Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan, Phillies special adviser Pat Gillick, Tigers special assistant Willie Horton and the shadow of Cubs president Theo Epstein.

As far as when Cespedes will be available for MLB teams, he is hoping to establish residency in the Dominican Republic within the next few days. Once that’s done, he’ll have to get clearance from MLB and the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. This process will drag into January, but the expectation is that he’ll be in spring training with an MLB team.

  1. awriterorsomething - Dec 17, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    DJ, the link you keep pointing to is disabled, so no one can see the video of his orginal scouting tape to see how rediculous it is…….

    • awriterorsomething - Dec 17, 2011 at 10:41 AM

      hate when I click post before proof reading……

    • D.J. Short - Dec 17, 2011 at 10:44 AM

      Original video was pulled, hence it not showing up in Craig’s original post. Updated now.

  2. pisano - Dec 17, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Any team that’s thinking about signing this guy better test him for roids or any other ped’s. his body seems to have the look. I’m just sayin.

    • paperlions - Dec 17, 2011 at 11:25 AM

      A 26 yr old body can look like that just from working out heavily…a 36 yr old body can’t because testosterone levels are dropping and the body just can’t maintain that kind of muscle mass naturally. I’m not saying your are wrong, but age must be considered when making such judgments….when you are young, you can put on a lot of muscle mass in a short time naturally…once you are on the wrong side of 30, it’s much more difficult to add or even maintain.

      What I want to read are actual takes from scouts that have watched the guy. Has anyone had a chance to watch him against good competition? Has he ever faced a single ML quality pitcher? Scouting a 26 yr old that hasn’t faced competition any better than most 20 yr olds face seems like a tough task.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 17, 2011 at 11:36 AM

        He’s played in the wbc which is where most scouts have seen him. However, Kevin Goldstein has mentioned that Cuban ball is similar to a level so, unlike darvish, cespedes won’t go pro immediately.

      • paperlions - Dec 17, 2011 at 11:44 AM

        Yeah, but I haven’t seen a detailed scout’s take of his WBC performance…or a reference to any MLB quality pitchers he may have faced (Australia, South Africa, or Mexico?)

        I also wonder how a reasonable it is to expect a guy to jump from A ball to MLB; I have seen Cuban baseball referred to a low A to A (whereas Japan is more like AA). How would a stud prospect do if you kept him in A ball until age 26 and then threw him in the majors? Most writers seem to assume that he can start 2012 on a ML roster, him contributing anything to a ML club in 2012 seems optimistic to me.

      • deathmonkey41 - Dec 17, 2011 at 12:48 PM

        Does anyone know if they test in Cuba or the Dominican? I know the steroids conversation gets many people’s panties in a bunch, but if a team is going to shell out a bunch of money, it’s got to be on the mind of many teams.

      • paperlions - Dec 17, 2011 at 12:54 PM

        I doubt they do. Steroids are not illegal there. In fact, if it was up to the medical establishment in the US and not to politicians, they wouldn’t be illegal here either….though they probably would still be banned from college and pro sports.

      • deathmonkey41 - Dec 17, 2011 at 2:29 PM

        I wonder if MLB teams are allowed to request blood and urine samples to test before they sign him?

    • cur68 - Dec 17, 2011 at 1:38 PM

      I wouldn’t be able to say from looking at him if he is roiding it. He seems the same size as the previous video just leaner. He moves well, is clearly very athletic but seems like lots of people his age seem that get plenty of exercise: not muscle bound or freakishly big. Neither condition rules out or confirms steroids, but the lack of change in his physique between one scouting video and the next (especially since he isn’t bigger) seems to indicate a steady state in his physique. Given his appearance in the WBC, he seems the same size from that to the current video but he’s moving around better and his swing is quieter. Looks like training to me, but heck, that’s what Braun looks like, so what do I know?

  3. jphoops - Dec 17, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    I’m sexy and I know it

  4. chaseutley - Dec 17, 2011 at 7:28 PM

    RotoWorld lists this guy at 5-10, 187? Really?

    I’m 6-0, 190 and Cespedes makes me look like the before version of Captain America.

  5. mojosmagic - Dec 17, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    He looks older then 26. Is his age Cuban years?

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